Photo: Rob Smith
Mount Everest is the world’s tallest mountain, rising 29,032 feet above sea level. Each year, highly experienced mountaineers attempt to reach the summit, with over 10,000 doing so over the past 100 years. One would assume it’s among the cleanest places on earth, but that is far from true. Along their journeys, climbers leave trash. Mountains of it.
The Nepalese government conducted a cleanup project in 2019 that brought down 24,000 pounds of garbage—from plastic bottles, cans, and food wrappings to equipment, batteries, and human waste. Researchers tested snow and water samples and found that the mountain is actually badly polluted.
Looking to find an environmentally friendly solution for the issue, The Himalayan Museum and Sustainable Park organized a program called Sagarmatha Next. Step one is the creation of the Sagarmatha Next Center, a place for upcycling practices to repurpose all of the trash. Leaders hope to employ local artists to create artworks out of the trash, showcase them in a new art gallery, and sell them to tourists. Judging from the work, Nepalese artists have towering talent.
See the article by Caroline Goldstein, published on January 22, 2021, in ArtNet.
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